Ireland head coach Adam Griggs bemoaned his side’s defence after Ireland suffered their first ever defeat to Italy in the Women’s Six Nations.  

Italy edged out Ireland in a thrilling 29-27 victory in Rome, and a "bitterly disappointed" Griggs pointed to defensive issues in a game that saw eight tries in total.

"You can score all the tries you like in a game of rugby, but if you don’t make your tackles and you don’t get up off the ground with urgency, a good side like Italy are going to punish you and that’s what they did to us tonight," Griggs told RTÉ Sport.

The result leaves Ireland fourth in the table, five points adrift of the Italians in first, but Griggs claims they are a work in progress.

"We’re still building and we’re a work in progress and that’s something that we have some inconsistencies with unfortunately.  We focus on one thing and we get that right and then we kind of forget about the other thing."

Ireland next face France, who cruised to a facile bonus point win over Scotland on Saturday night, in Donnybrook in two weeks time and Griggs is fully focused on that challenge.

"We’ll regroup, we’ve got a training camp next week that we’ll go to and try to rectify those mistakes and then bring on France who’ll be another big test for us."